Review and Recipe from “Seduced” raw chocolate e-book

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I recently have had a chance to experience some delicious goodies invented by Tanya Alekseeva, a raw foodie and wellness coach living and working in the U.K. I ran across her blog, Better Raw, back in April and I was VERY excited about her raw chocolate e-book she was advertising.

When I got a chance to peruse her blog and read her articles, I was very interested in the benefits of eating raw. Even though I am not a raw foodist, I do eat lots of foods raw and I LOVE making raw desserts. This is why I was VERY interested in Tanya’s e-book, called “Seduced.”


Just take a look a some of her pictures from her newest e-book:


Matcha balls


Mouth-watering picture, right?


marzipan cigars


Crunchy and delicious! Check out what her e-book offers.

Seduced: Raw Chocolate E-book contains:


  •  22 original mouthwatering recipes
  • Gorgeous color photography
  • Ingredients packed with raw enzymes and nutrients
  • Recipes for which you need little more than a grater and a bowl
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Tips with every recipe
  • A superfoods glossary
  • A tea pairing suggestion for each chocolate!


 When I started making some of her recipes, I realized I only needed 2 ingredients I had ever had in my pantry: Cocao butter and Lucuma powder.

These two ingredients are worth investing in. I went to Nuts Online and ordered a nice pound of cacao butter, dates (I had run out), and then I got a great deal on Amazon for 2 bags of lucuma powder. Lucuma powder will make sauces taste like caramel! So delicious!
Here is a list of Tanya’s recipes that she includes in here e-book. It is definitely a GREAT e-book and it is fun to make her desserts.

Dark and Daring – White Magic – Caramel Cuties
Goji Orange Crunch – Coated Strawberries – Marzipan Cigars
All Day Peppermint – Rawtella – Matcha Moons
Coconut Craving – Fudge Brownie – Royal Peanut Butter Cups
Spicy Hot Chocolate – Fruit & Nut Clusters – Cinnamon Truffles
Vanilla Cream Eggs (just in time for Easter!)
Ginger Lemon Bites – Raspberry Jam – Oh Honey
Mulberry Dreams – Piña Colada Roulade – Praline Pies


I was given permission to share one of her recipes with you. I made her Coated Strawberries with the Dark and Daring Chocolate for an evening I was craving something not so sweet but with fruit.


The chocolate recipe is perfect because it is dark chocolate at its purest with a caramel drizzle that will have you scratching your head. The baby was surely kicking after we enjoyed these tasty treats. I hope you get a chance to check out Tanya’s website and her e-book.

Coated Strawberries

Strawberries 25-30, washed and cooled

Dark and Daring chocolate recipe, double portion

1 Cup Cashews, soaked 1-8 hours

1/3 Cup Cacao Butter, melted

1/3 Cup Lukuma powder

1/3 Cup Agave nectar

Prepare the dark and daring recipe

Dip strawberries one at a time, holding onto tails and rotating your hand slightly to create even coverage.
Place each strawberry on a non stick or lined tray, close but not touching.

Put all white chocolate ingredients into a high speed blender and use a tamper or pulse until creamy.

Scoop into a piping bag with smallest available nozzle (you can create your own piping bag by snipping a corner of a strong plastic bag)

Fold or twist the top of the bag to force icing down and squeeze over coated strawberries. Keep in the
fridge.

TIP: It is essential to have kept the strawberries in the fridge, as this creates  a cold surface  for the chocolate to solidify instantly when dipped. The colder the strawberry, the thicker the layer of chocolate can be created.

Dark and Daring Chocolate recipe

½ Cup Cacao Butter, melted

½ Cup Cacao powder

2 Tbsp Agave, or to taste

Pinch Salt

Only when butter is melted entirely to a liquid, add cacao powder to the double boiler. Use a spatula or a whisk to combine the ingredients and get all the lumps out.

Add agave, stirring really well. Spend time really stirring through completely, otherwise it will settle to the bottom of moulds and you’ll have very sticky inconsistent chocolate.

Add the salt at the very end and stir Pour into moulds or a lined tray and place in fridge for 10-30 minutes to set

Keep in the fridge
 
TIP: when making larger quantities, use a blender on low speed to combine all ingredients
 
Here is a video how to prepare this recipe:  

 







Here is how mine came out:

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Make sure to visit Tanya’s website, Better Raw and also her e-book! It is so worth it!

  • http://flourtrader.blogspot.com/ Tina @flourtrader

    Never knew that raw food could be so delicious! Sounds like you are impressed with the book. The listing of recipes sound delicious. Lovely strawberries-Yum!

  • http://www.dairyfreebetty.com/ Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    Looks incredible! I have a bag of lumca powder and no idea what to do with it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11751332126011127621 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I can totally vouch for those strawberries, and for Tanya’s book! :)

  • http://happygoluckyvegan.blogspot.com/ Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan

    I’m beginning to include more raw meals in my diet, and oddly, I never considered making raw dessert. What was I thinking?? These look super delish, can’t wait to try!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    I’ve heard of Tanya’s book but don’t have it yet. Thanks for you yummy review and pics! I’ll have to make those covered strawberries. My fave!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16016229633219194235 Tanya Alekseeva

    Thank you so so much for this gorgeous review Noelle! I just love your strawberry cuties and so impressed that you found the time, what a lucky little one you have there getting a taste of the most magical food :) :):)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03266656770558847026 Ann

    They look delicious! I’ve never been a raw foods eater, but I certainly would enjoy anything that tastes good! Lovely strawberries!

  • http://chowvegan.com/ chow vegan

    I’m starting to make more raw food too, especially raw desserts. There’s just something about raw desserts that I really like – the strawberries look awesome! And thanks for the e-book review, it sounds like a great book. :-)

  • http://www.spicytasty.com/appetizers-starters/paneer-cutlet-stuffed-cottage-cheese-cutlet/ Nithu

    Mouthwatering clicks. yummy…

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/ Monet

    There is nothing better than chocolate and strawberries. Thank you for sharing with me tonight. Another lovely and delicious post! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, sweet woman. Many blessings to you and your sweet baby!

  • http://www.cloudsandclovers.com/ Rachel

    Hey check out my new raw dish! Just started to blog.

    http://www.cloudsandclovers.com/?p=968

    Its amazing!!